Meghana Narayan and Shauravi Malik
Slurrp Farm, Cofounders, L-R, Meghana Narayan and Shauravi Malik_1 (3)
Designation: Cofounders, Slurrp Farm
Founded In: 2016
Based In: New Delhi
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Key Investors: Raed Ventures, Investment Corporation of Dubai, Fireside Ventures
Claim to Fame: Narayan and Malik have seen a major boost in demand for ‘healthy and yummy’ food for kids and are looking to tap it. Their company has added 50 new products and more than doubled revenue in FY22 to emerge as a fast-growing new-age consumer brand.
Josh Talks, Founder, Supriya Paul
Designation: Director & cofounder, Josh Talks
Founded In: 2015
Based In: Gurugram
Key Investors: Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Ankur Capital, Ritesh Agarwal (Oyo), Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Paytm)
Claim to Fame: Paul was 20 when she decided to give up a pre-placement offer to launch Josh Talks, an offline event content platform, with Shobit Banga. Today it has different business lines, including Josh Talks (modelled around TED Talks, with over 2 billion views on YouTube), skilling app Josh Skills and a content production arm.
Smita Deorah, Cofounder & CO CEO, Lead School
Designation: Cofounder & co-CEO, Lead School
Founded In: 2012
Based In: Mumbai
Key Investors: WestBridge Capital, Elevar Equity, GSV Ventures, Good Capital
Claim to Fame: Deorah and her husband Sumeet Mehta started Lead School in 2012 with the goal of setting up affordable private schools. Their tech-first approach to bring hybrid learning to Indian schools paid off. With strong names backing it, the company doubled its valuation and vaulted into India’s unicorn league earlier this year.
Saroja Yeramilli, Founder CEO, Mellora
Designation: Founder & CEO, Melorra
Founded In: Bengaluru
Based In: 2016
Key Investors: Lightbox Ventures, Symphony Asia, Axis Growth Fund, ValueQuest, Param Capital
Claim to Fame: Yeramilli isn’t a new name in the world of consumer facing brands, as she has helped the likes of Tanishq, Kaya Skin Clinic and Dell build scale. She launched D2C jewellery brand Melorra in 2016. It today delivers to 3,100 pincodes and is looking to exit FY23 with $100 million in revenues.
Suhasini Sampath and Anindita Sampath
Yoga Bar, Cofounders, L-R, Suhasini Sampath and Anindita Sampath
Designation: Cofounders, Yoga Bar
Founded In: 2015
Based In: Bengaluru
Key Investors: Fireside Ventures, Elevation Capital
Claim to Fame: Yoga Bar has become a prominent name for consumers looking for ‘healthy snacks’ in India. The company grew nearly 70% in FY22 over FY21, after expanding its reach. The duo is now launching products for toddlers and is reportedly in talks with strategic investors, including ITC and Nestle, for funding.